InnoEnergy Entrepreneur Day - Starting and growing your energy company

The InnoEnergy Entrepreneur Day is an initiative of KIC InnoEnergy and Leuven.Inc.

Did you ever dream of turning your promising energy or cleantech research into business by creating a spin-off company? Or do you want to set up a collaboration or joint technology development project with partners in the energy domain? But how to realise this dream? Who are your first contacts? What are the critical steps and key ingredients for success? How to write your business plan? Which revenue models are possible? How to protect your IP? How to finance your company?
How to make a difference?

KIC InnoEnergy can help you out in these matters. Interested? Come and join us at the InnoEnergy Entrepreneur Day. This event is specifically organised for all masters and PhD students, for post-docs and researchers as well as investors and entrepreneurs, active in the energy area. 

Practical aspects

Date: Wednesday December 14th, 2011
Location: Thermotechnisch Instituut, Kasteelpark Arenberg, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)


12h45:Registration and walking lunch
Sven Van den Bosch, Chairman Venture Business Office InnoEnergy Benelux
13h45:European Institute of technology - KIC InnoEnergy: a new approach to support research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship in the energy domain
Diego Pavía, CEO KIC InnoEnergy
14h15:New trends and recent developments in the Built Environment
Aart de Geus, Strategic business developer Energy Built Environment TNO
15h00:InnoEnergy and smart grids – an industry view
Patrick Reyniers, Program Manager Smart Grids Eandis
15h30:Coffee break
16h00:A venture capital view on business models for new energy companies
Marc Lambrechts, Senior Investment Manager Capricorn Venture Partners
16h30:Spin-off creation and experiences at K.U.Leuven; key success factors and the start-up process
Rudi Cuyvers, Innovation Manager K.U.Leuven Research & Development
17h00:Energy spin-offs: real life experiences: entrepreneur testimonials about building an energy company
  • Case 1: Buildings with a green future: Smart Energy Glass - Teun Wagenaar, co-founder Peer+.
  • Case 2: Daily Enterpreneurship with long term vision - Werner Coppye, Chief Technical Officer 3E
  • Case 3: Product development and Entrepreneurship in the field of Renewable Energy - Henk de Beijer, founder ARES RTB
18h00:Networking drink

The interventions will be held in English 

Participation fee

  • Free for all master students, academic professionals and InnoEnergy associate partners - Registration is manadatory
  • 40 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc
  • 70 euro (excl. VAT): industrial representatives


Registrations before Thursday December 8th, 2011, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.

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